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Tutorial: Study and Improvement

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Published: August 25, 2018
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There comes a time where every artist sees something someone else has created and is either extremely inspired or extremely let down. I found myself conflicted though when I told myself "I'm good enough" but at the same time, kept looking at other people's work and asking, "Why can't I do that?" Well, maybe it was because I basically kept drawing the same thing over and over.

I don't usually do tutorials (Though this isn't exactly a "drawing" tutorial, haha), but I see this problem so much with other artists, including myself, who want to improve. If you enjoying drawing in a certain style, that's completely okay, too! But if you constantly find your work inadequate and want to improve and be able to draw other things, you will need to learn.

You're going to see a LOT of tutorials out there: How to draw hands, how to draw hair, how to draw clothing folds, how to draw butts, etc. They are all great--if you already know the basics of drawing. Otherwise, all this information can be very overwhelming. Save them for later, take them into consideration, but avoid overloading yourself with too much information.* Set your priority to focus on one or two primary things at a time, for a set amount of time (1 week? 1 month? Depends on what you're trying to learn and your learning pace)

Disclaimer:
I'm very sorry if this tutorial comes off as "learn to draw realistically" but the idea behind it was that I, specifically and personally, wanted to learn a more realistic way of drawing. For someone else, it could be learning to draw animals or cartoons. But the idea would be the same where if you want to learn it, you'd need to actually look at and learn from references (thus the "drawing what you see"). For example, once you learn anatomy and how it works, your existing work evolves around these newly learned ideas. Artists who are aspiring to make the push to improve will find that there are so many ways to go about doing it.

There is no wrong way to draw or study art. There are tons of tutorials out there and this is just another one that someone may or may not find useful, or relatable.

:star: References and Additional Tutorials:
Reddit, LearnArt (www.reddit.com/r/learnart/)
PoseManiacs Anatomy Reference: (www.posemaniacs.com/)
Anatomy References and Stock: SenshiStock
Advanced & Specific References: STUDIOBLINKTWICE

:star: Artists who have helped me and provided advice:
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smartbird95Hobbyist Interface Designer
The other thing is that the artist has a very long and tiring process ahead of him. At the beginning it starts with an idea, which continues to accumulate to a concrete desire. Then it starts with the design, how it should look like and in which proportions everything has to stand together. This is the part where the hobby artists start to present their works as finished, even though they only dared to take the first steps. Since they have not started the next steps, so to summarize the sketches in a draft. All that I mean will understand that this step is effortlessly repetitive and always careful to follow the lines and pay close attention to everything. It is still far from the top, the coronation is yet to come. After the design has been created, the coloration and shading begins. And here in the art of hops is separated from the wheat, I personally would only come to lineart, because now the softest and professional skills help, it is a tightrope to guide the pens and brush with a light and steady hand and at the same time the intensity of the color to bring in the picture. What you see on this website looks beautiful, and you have to be aware of it, was never painted once. It has been transferred and edited countless thousands of times throughout the process!
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smartbird95Hobbyist Interface Designer
Idea -> Ideascatching -> Design -> Materialization -> Presentation -> Publication
This is the process, the art has a working process too.
Very idea was in our head before go to a the sketch and this is the way.

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I like the honesty of this tutorial. Its candidness and modesty highlights the importance of the message. This is my first time seeing a relaxed lesson like this online.
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smartbird95Hobbyist Interface Designer
BUT: It's important to know in which art style you want draw.
Because you try hard draw like CGCookie although you have an other art style which you can better show.
The art as means of expression know different shapes and ways to show one thing in many different ways.
My art style go strong into the Consturctivism but I am not sad. It is so and I live with this knowledge.

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I agree that art is a form of expression and it ultimately depends on the artist to choose the method that they choose to express themself. The greatest benefit an artist can do is study the building blocks that make up one's craft. Studying from life can benefit any artist, whether looking at light, color, or shape. Especially in design-based art--there's shape psychology and color psychology. The basics are for everyone to learn and they give the artist the toolset which can be applied to any art form. The style is born from how the tools are applied.
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ToasterStrooderHobbyist General Artist
I'll certainly have to keep all of this in mind for the future. Thank you for sharing! 
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dolores5Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! <3
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eychanchanHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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dolores5Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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WeepingGroveProfessional Traditional Artist
Congrats on you DD....so an amazing tutorial! 
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eychanchanHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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LindArtzHobbyist Digital Artist
Very nicely done!!
Congratulations on your much deserved DD!  :)
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eychanchanHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!! :love: :hug:
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eychanchanHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D :hug:
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Lovecongratulations!Clap 
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eychanchanHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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TheGalleryOfEveProfessional Digital Artist
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation!!! :iconflyingheartsplz:Love:iconflyingheartsplz:
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eychanchanHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!! :D
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TheGalleryOfEveProfessional Digital Artist
You're very welcome!!! :tighthug:
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Tinselfire General Artist
A lot of this is nothing new, but that is not really criticism since they are universal points that should be hammered in; but I would dare say the second panel is if not unique, then as close as may be.
I get so tired of seeing artists, regardless of their accomplishments, devaluing their own effort and feeling miserable for it.

I would not say my work is good - I don't think anybody with any degree of self-criticism, regardless of actual skill level, would say their work is simply "good" without addendum. But I must concede that it is sufficient for most things I want to do and enjoy, and that the raw grinding spent breaking down and understanding things I do not enjoy as much has been and will remain time well spent. Anything else would just be dishonest.
At least on my part, that was a struggle to admit. It feels very good seeing others get a push in the right direction.

Well done, and thank you for sharing.
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mimose-stockHobbyist Photographer
great tutorial and congrats on DD :hug:
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eychanchanHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :highfive: :D
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